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Serena Williams Won the Australian Open While Pregnant

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Serena Williams has just announced on her Snapchat story that she’s 20-weeks pregnant. The internet is freaking out; we’d even venture to say that Williams’ baby-bump reveal is somewhat reminiscent of Beyoncé’s viral pregnancy announcements. But in this case, fans are especially psyched in part because they’ve realized this means Williams was expecting (though she may not have known it at the time) when when she beat her older sister Venus and won the Australian Open on Jan. 28.

The photo that Williams posted showed her in a mirror and had the words “20 weeks” written over the image. The New York Times reports that Williams has confirmed the pregnancy even though the photo was removed from the star’s Snapchat story.

Williams, 35, has not played in any tournaments since the Australian Open. Last month, citing a knee injury, she withdrew from events in both California and Florida. According to the Times, the tennis pro -- who’s engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian -- is the highest-paid female athlete in the world.

The Times adds that other female tennis stars -- including Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters -- have taken time off from the sport to have children. “Azarenka, 27, had a son in December and is expected to be back on the tour in July. Kim Clijsters retired at 23 in 2007 and returned two years later, after the birth of her daughter, to win three Grand Slam singles titles,” according to the Times.

Of course, we have no way of knowing whether Williams will continue playing tennis post-kids -- but either way, we’re excited about her announcement, and we find it pretty amazing that she was killing it on the courts just several weeks ago!

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Serena Williams Won the Australian Open While Pregnant

Serena Williams Won the Australian Open While Pregnant

Serena Williams has just announced on her Snapchat story that she’s 20-weeks pregnant . The internet is freaking out; we’d even venture to sa...

Serena Williams has just announced on her Snapchat story that she’s 20-weeks pregnant. The internet is freaking out; we’d even venture to say that Williams’ baby-bump reveal is somewhat reminiscent of Beyoncé’s viral pregnancy announcements. But in this case, fans are especially psyched in part because they’ve realized this means Williams was expecting (though she may not have known it at the time) when when she beat her older sister Venus and won the Australian Open on Jan. 28.

The photo that Williams posted showed her in a mirror and had the words “20 weeks” written over the image. The New York Times reports that Williams has confirmed the pregnancy even though the photo was removed from the star’s Snapchat story.

Williams, 35, has not played in any tournaments since the Australian Open. Last month, citing a knee injury, she withdrew from events in both California and Florida. According to the Times, the tennis pro -- who’s engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian -- is the highest-paid female athlete in the world.

The Times adds that other female tennis stars -- including Victoria Azarenka and Kim Clijsters -- have taken time off from the sport to have children. “Azarenka, 27, had a son in December and is expected to be back on the tour in July. Kim Clijsters retired at 23 in 2007 and returned two years later, after the birth of her daughter, to win three Grand Slam singles titles,” according to the Times.

Of course, we have no way of knowing whether Williams will continue playing tennis post-kids -- but either way, we’re excited about her announcement, and we find it pretty amazing that she was killing it on the courts just several weeks ago!

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